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Prison guards push for changes to the needle plan before presenting them nationally



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OTTAWA – Federal prison guards warn that needle exchange programs in headaches pose a health and safety risk to them.

Jason Godin, president of the Union of Correcting Officers of Canada, says that the venture conflicts with the long-term principle of drug zero tolerance policy and makes prison workplaces dangerous.

The federal prison service has already set up programs in two organizations in an attempt to reduce the incidence of infectious disease among prisoners.

The initiative, which will be presented to all federal prisons next year, will give prisoners access to clean needles in an attempt to limit the transmission of hepatitis C and HIV.

From 2007 to 2017, the number of hepatitis C in prison decreased to 7.8 per cent of 31.6 per cent, while HIV dropped to 1.2 percent of just over two percent, according to federal statistics.

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